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In the 1950's, while still a student, I had the opportunity to teach a group of 12 Hungarian refugees to read and speak English. With no common language available, I used a picture book showing ordinary day-to-day items with an English captions beneath them. We both read and spoke each word so they could learn to use both skills. After about two weeks, I began speaking to them in English by asking them to identify the pictures. By the end of the month, we were able to speak enough English together to enable them to go off on their own.
More recently, I spent approximately 10 years training people to speak English as a second language. As a professional editor, I worked closely with numerous software engineers who came to the U.S. from countries in Asia. Although it was not part of my job, I spent a lot of time teaching them to speak English clearly so they could communicate with other English-speaking employees. Their improved speech helped them to develop easily understood content for the technical manuals that accompanied their programs. As a result, both writers and editors were able to work closely with them to make sure that users from all over the world could understand the content of the manuals.
Proofreading is one of the most important tools people need to ensure that anything they write is spelled and punctuated correctly. I frequently see major errors in newspapers and magazines, as well as in dissertations, articles, and contracts that I proofread. By learning to proofread one's own writing, people can be sure that they won't be embarrassed by their mistakes.